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      This just in from ATCA:

      As promised, ATCA is partnering with our local USFS Middle Fork Ranger District to deliver sawyer education for new sawyers working in our district and we have opened registration for our first 2021 class offering, April 3 & 4th. Registration can be found here:

      In order to register, you must be a registered volunteer with the Cascade Volunteers to work in the Willamette National Forest. If you are not already a CV volunteer, you will have to fill out the volunteer application before you can access registration for the saw class (or any other volunteer activities in the Willamette National Forest). Once you have submitted your volunteer application, you should be able to access the saw class registration form. There is NO COST for the class, but again, we ask that only Willamette National Forest volunteers register.

      Due to Covid, we will not be able to accommodate auditing instructors or recertification evaluations at this time, but we are hoping to run a second class before the summer season begins, and may be able to make more space based on vaccination distribution and waning Covid risk. Please be aware that most land managers are extending expiring certification dates due to Covid, as are First Aid and CPR organizations. Please check with your specific provider or land manager to be sure what your next steps are for staying current.

      General information for the event is described below. Once you sign up for the class, you’ll receive a second email with some redundant info, and a bit more that describes what gear to bring, directions, and lodging guidance.


      Thank you for considering the Willamette National Forest for your volunteer service focus! We look forward to helping you become more confident in your sawyer skills while working with other volunteers in public lands and trails stewardship activities. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out directly using my contact information (see closing signature) below. ~Michelle Emmons, Alpine Trail Crew, Volunteer & Events Coordinator

      Saturday & Sunday, April 3-4, 2021 | 9AM-5PM
      The Dirt Dojo – 76707 High Prairie Road, Oakridge, OR 97463

      This course will satisfy the USFS 2016 Saw Policy requirement for power saw certification. Certification is a requirement for using power saws on National Forest System Trails. In this 2-day course, students will receive instruction on saw safety and personal protective equipment (PPE), chain sharpening and saw maintenance, size up and binds, bucking techniques, wedging axe use and more. Hands-on “trigger time” will take up the second day. Students must wear the required PPE and bring a power saw with all the required tools and supplies to operate a power saw on trail safely for a full day. If time allows, each student will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and be certified to use a power saw on day two. Students who need more saw time, will be offered a mentor and cutting opportunities to help develop skills for later certification.

      Co-instructors: Matt McMcPharlin, ATCA President and Kevin Rowell, MFRD Trails Manager

      PLEASE NOTE: This class is intended for “A” Sawyers in the Middle Fork Ranger District. Due to Covid, we cannot accept students from “extreme or high risk” areas from out of Lane County without a vaccination, and our space is limited to 8 students. At this time, we are unable to accommodate re-certification evaluations or auditing sawyer instructors. If your certification (or associated First Aid/CPR certs) are expiring this year, we encourage you to connect with your area land manager, Volunteer Program Administrator, or other certifying organization directly to find out about recently extended deadlines. Please bring your own gear, including a face mask, and be prepared to follow all Covid safety requirements.

      Questions? Please contact ATCA Saw Class coordinator, Michelle Emmons at 541-913-4318 or [email protected] Please join the waiting list if there aren’t any spaces available! We will do our best to schedule a follow up class if there are enough interested students.

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